I saw a fascinating ‘discussion’ on twitter this morning. You could call it an argument, but I’ll stick with discussion. Maybe passionate discussion.
It was about that old favourite,gun control. And it really tuned in to something I’ve been realising more and more over the last few years, and that is a combination of two factors…
1. The world has an amazing habit of giving you what you want.
2. Two people can have completely opposing views and both be right.
So the discussion went something like this…
The original post said something like “have a gun to make yourself safer, or throw away your gun to make everyone else safer”.
Person A said that was poppycock, because it’s a hostile world out there and you should keep yourself defended – matching the hostility with equal hostility.
Person B (the original poster) said that the world isn’t actually all that hostile, and we’d all be better off not carrying guns and the place would actually improve.
And it came to me; like I said, something that’s been becoming more and more evident all the time… the world is a mirror.
If you approach the world wanting/expecting hostility, that is exactly what you’ll meet.
If you approach the world wanting/expecting peace, that is what you’ll meet.
Go out there, be excellent to people, expect the world to treat you well and (to an extent) it will do.
Sure, there will always be the wild-card… life throws blows in your direction. There are some nasty people… but meeting the world with hostility will not prevent those nasty people being nasty, and it will also encourage some people who would otherwise have been nice to show their nasty side.
I realised this in around 2006/7 at a time when I was very negative, and the world was a horrible place full of idiots. Due to life events, my attitude changed and I started seeing the positive… strangely the world suddenly became a nice place full of helpful people.
Now I know for a FACT that the entire population of the country did not change their outlook overnight. That would be impossible. However, their treatment of me was completely different.
The world is a mirror. Reality has a very strong tendency to give you exactly what you expect of it.
And so, yes… I believe the differing views of persons A and B were both completely right.
What do you think?